This webpage offers a scientific but concise overview on mycotoxin and mycotoxin related topics with useful information for researchers, animal husbandry and agricultural entrepreneurs or simply for mycotoxin-curious minds throughout the entire supply chain. Recently mycotoxin-related literature reviews are published regularly with the aim to provide a detailed review about a specific and current topic like e.g. synergistic effects of mycotoxins.
MyToolBox - "Safe Food and Feed through an Integrated ToolBox for Mycotoxin Management"
MyToolBox - "Safe Food and Feed through an Integrated ToolBox for Mycotoxin Management" is a project which goes beyond the field-to-fork approach to reduce moulds and mycotoxins in the food and feed chains. Existing knowledge combined with novel findings need to be adapted and integrated to provide the vehicle needed to practically implement this knowledge into tools for use along the chain: this is the mission of the MyToolBox project. The consideration of the entire chain soil - field - crop - food processing - waste management - alternative energy, to ensure food & feed security and safety within a sustainable economic approach, is a major motivation behind MyToolBox.
MYCOTOXINS and TOXIGENIC MOULDS
The association research group 'MYCOTOXINS and TOXIGENIC MOULDS' strives to solve current mycotoxin problems endemic in human food and animal feed by incorporating it into a global research framework, based on 4 main units at Ghent University, Belgium.
European Project under Horizon 2020 programme
MycoKey is the new project funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 programme, Societal challenge 2 "Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy challenge" - topic “ Biological contamination of crops and the food chain”.It aims to deliver in 2019 the first integrated ICT based solutions to address mycotoxin contamination along the food and feed chain, by using an holistic and sustainable approach.
Society for Mycotoxin Research
The Society for Mycotoxin Research (Gesellschaft für Mykotoxinforschung e.V.) was founded in Munich, Germany, in 1997. The aim of this registered, non-profit association is to promote research on all scientific fields of mycotoxinology.
Japanese Society of Mycotoxicology
The Society works to increase scientific knowledge concerning toxicology, biology, and chemistry related to mycotoxins and mycotoxin-producing fungi, through membership networking, annual meetings, international symposia, seminars and publications.
International Union of Toxicology
IUTOX is the voice of toxicology on the global stage; the organization which seeks to increase the knowledge base of toxicological issues facing humankind and to extend this knowledge to developing societies and nations. Founded in 1980, IUTOX now has 63 affiliated societies representing all six continents and over 25,000 toxicologists from industry, academia and government as members; offering a diverse and challenging perspective on every issue and development relating to the profession.
Mycotoxicology Society of Nigeria
The Mycotoxicology Society of Nigeria (MSN), is a group of eminent Nigerian Scientists, united by their desire to address the burden of mycotoxin contamination in Nigeria and improve the living conditions of humanity, through sound socio-economic and scientific studies on mycotoxins in food and feedstock With the primary aim of promoting awareness leading to the study and control of mycotoxins in foods and animal feed.
Food2Know is a central point of contact for industry, government and other stakeholders on feed, food and health, guaranteeing high quality research and advice.
European Food Safety Authority
EFSA is a European agency funded by the European Union that operates independently of the European legislative and executive institutions (Commission, Council, Parliament) and EU Member States.It was set up in 2002 following a series of food crises in the late 1990s to be a source of scientific advice and communication on risks associated with the food chain. The agency was legally established by the EU under the General Food Law - Regulation 178/2002.The General Food Law created a European food safety system in which responsibility for risk assessment (science) and for risk management (policy) are kept separate. EFSA is responsible for the former area, and also has a duty to communicate its scientific findings to the public.
The EURL for mycotoxins hosted by the JRC since 2006 aims to facilitate the implementation of European legislation related to monitoring of mycotoxins in food of plant origin and animal feed. Several analytical methods have been validated by the EURL enabling official control laboratories to make use of methods with known performance. The majority of these methods have already become international standards (CEN, ISO, AOAC) or are in the process of becoming a standard.
- factsheet Mycotoxins
Mycotoxins factsheet list of known mycotoxins and Eu regulation.
- CODEX ALIMENTARIUS
CODEX ALIMENTARIUS is about safe, good food for everyone - everywhere.International food trade has existed for thousands of years but until not too long ago food was mainly produced, sold and consumed locally. Over the last century the amount of food traded internationally has grown exponentially, and a quantity and variety of food never before possible travels the globe today.The CODEX ALIMENTARIUS international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice contribute to the safety, quality and fairness of this international food trade. Consumers can trust the safety and quality of the food products they buy and importers can trust that the food they ordered will be in accordance with their specifications.
MoniQA Network of Ecellence
Towards harmonisation of analytical methods for monitoring food quality and safety in the food supply chainFunded by the European Union, MoniQA brings together 33 organisations from around the world that are working together to help food manufacturers, retail outlets and regulatory bodies to cope with the challenges posed by a globalised food economy. In particular, MoniQA is establishing common methods and standards in food analysis.
International Nut and Dried Fruit Council Foundation – INC
THE INC is the International source for information on nuts and dried fruits for: Health, Nutrition, Food Safety, Statistics, Government Standards and Government regulations regarding trade barriers and trade quality standards. INC brings you the first word in the state of the industry worldwide.
EMAN: The European Mycotoxin Awareness Network (EMAN)
The European Mycotoxin Awareness Network exists to provide high quality scientific information and news about mycotoxins to industry, consumers, legislators and the scientific community.
KnowMycotoxins is a website which aims to help you better understand the growing mycotoxin problem in the feed industry.Mycotoxins are compounds produced by moulds and affect everyone. In 1985 the World Health Organization estimated that approximately 25% of the world’s grains were contaminated by mycotoxins. This figure has most certainly grown since then due to an increase in global import and export of grains and cereals and the changing environmental and weather patterns.Regardless of your level of involvement in the agricultural industry whether you are a producer, nutritionist or veterinarian, being aware and understanding the threat posed by mycotoxins will ultimately have an impact on your animal’s health and your bottom line. This website will help you increase your knowledge on mycotoxins, how they are produced, their impact on animals, issues with feed sampling and possible strategies to maintain your animal’s health and performance.
IUPAC is the Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. IUPAC serves to advance the worldwide aspects of the chemical sciences and to contribute to the application of chemistry in the service of Mankind. As a scientific, international non-governmental and objective body, IUPAC can address many global issues involving the chemical sciences.
Institute of Sciences of Food Production
ISPA is the Instiute of Sciences of Food Production of the Italian National Council of Research. The main focus of ISPA is to develop research projects which will improve the quality and safety of agri-food production, using technologies with minimal environmental impact.
African Society of Mycotoxicology (ASM)
Africans consume large quantities of wheat, maize, sorghum and groundnuts and rely on these crops as a primary source of food and income. In 2004, acute aflatoxin poisoning of maize resulted in the death of over 100 individuals in Kenya. The long term chronic effects are unknown but have been associated with liver damage and growth reduction of children. Other significant mycotoxins include fumonisins, ochratoxins, deoxynivalenol, nivalenol and zearelenone. To protect consumers the EU and USDA have implemented strict regulations for maximum allowable limits in food and feed.